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Prentice Bisbal wrote:
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No because Roadrunner was not a Blue Gene system ;).
We need to look beyond Roadrunner selling more roadrunner-like systems
and Jaguar selling more Jaguars.
The success of Roadrunner and Deep Blue probably didn't sell more
Roadrunners and Deep Blues, but I'm sure they had an effect on IBMs
stock price, and help sell lower-end IBM systems. IBM dominates the Top
500 right now. I'm sure their success with Roadrunner, Deep Blue, and
Blue Gene have something to do with that.
You are right when you said that these big companies sell their stuff
at a huge discount, atleast initially,is what I know.<br>
Here in India, where I live and work, IBM had, 3-4 yrs back, sold a
BG/L for way less than anything, virtually at the price of a normal
cluster. This was done to cut out the competition and to boast about
their system being sold i.e, the first ever BG/L being sold in India.
The competition, as expected, was very livid that could IBM give it off
at such throw away prices.<br>
Did IBM make a profit, I doubt it. Its another matter that this
prestige didn't give them enough mileage. It didn't start selling BG/L
s like hot cakes. It certainly gave them a boasting ground.<br>
The subsequent quotes were very high that they couldn't win the
contracts. I was once told by a reseller that IBM's higher-ups decided
against further discounts(they will need to start making money). :-)<br>
So, the point here is that though prestige is ! = profit, it surely
helps their reputation.<br>
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